The European Universities Initiative was launched in 2017 with the vision to create the universities of the future and revolutionise the quality and competitiveness of European higher education. Today, 41 European University alliances have been created following two calls from the Erasmus+ agency. The 17 European Universities from the first call are now reaching the middle of the initial 3-year period and 24 new alliances have been created in last fall of 2020.
More than 280 Higher Education Institutions from the 27 member states are testing different cooperation models for ‘bottom-up networks of universities across the EU which will enable students to obtain a degree by combining studies in several EU countries and contribute to the international competitiveness of European universities’. It is envisioned that these alliances will have a pioneering role in the transformation in education, research and innovation across Europe.
This conference brings together representatives from European Universities, including Rectors, Presidents and Coordinators, but also students, researchers and academic staff, with representatives from the European Commission and the Member States as well as relevant stakeholders from business and society.
The panel discussions will address the main topics on the agenda for the European Universities Initiative, including the transformation potential of these transnational alliances, how the European Universities can contribute to the goals of creating a green, digital and inclusive society as well as provide the future and advanced skills for societal transformation. The final panel will engage representative from the governments of the regions of the RUN-EU – Regional European Network European University, to discuss the role of European Universities in regional development and in the leadership of regional innovation ecosystems, as a way to create a European Zone for Interregional Development.
Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education – Portugal
Director-General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission
The transformation potential of European Universities
11:45 – 12:00 (CET)
Digital coffee break
How the European University can foster skills for a green, digital and inclusive society
13:15 – 15:00 (CET)
Future and advanced skills for societal transformation
16:15 – 16:30 (CET)
Digital coffee break
The role of European Universities in leading regional innovation ecosystems
Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
Agreement of RUN-EU members with Regional Government representatives about the long-term vision and the construction of the EZ-ID – European Zone for Inter-regional Development.
President of the Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal
RUN-EU European University
João Sobrinho Teixeira
Secretary of State of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
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